Mukti Organics just won multiple awards at this year’s Beauty Shortlist Awards, and I’m so honoured to have been a part of the judging process. I hadn’t tried any of the Australian brand’s offerings before they entered this year’s Awards, and I’m so glad I  got to discover the line via these entries. The first product I tested from the line was their bright green 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant. It was unlike anything I’d tried before, and it instantly caught my attention. The more products I tested, the more impressed I was with all things Mukti. The line uses a combination of potent natural extracts (many of them native Australian) and high-tech skincare actives. All Mukti products are formulated without any of the usual questionable ingredients, and unlike many natural brands where results are gradual, most of these products provide visibly better-looking skin (and hair) after the very first use. Since it’s impractical to review all of the 28 products I tested from the brand, here are my top 5 picks from Mukti Organics: View Full Post

Ambuja is a niche line of eco-luxe skincare from the German ‘think-tank lab company’ Legart Forschungsatelier. Created by a chemist and a linguist, the line aims to ‘amalgamate the world of cosmetic science with the composition of zeitgeisty fine arts.’ Handmade in the Bavaria, the line uses ‘clean’ bioactive ingredients, and strives to epitomise the symbiosis of biology and advanced molecular biochemistry.

Ambuja, meaning ‘lotus’ in Sanskrit, was chosen for being a symbol of purity, perfection and eternity.

The Ambuja line is divided into two categories: ‘Couture’ and ‘Empire.’ Couture, which comprises 5 products, is aimed at women; and Empire, which comprises 3, is aimed at men. Wanderlust Elixir from Empire is their signature skin treatment for men. A multitasking product to banish signs of ageing, it lifts, plumps, shields, soothes and hydrates the skin, all at the same time! View Full Post

African Botanics Serum Review JustAskArjunI guess most of my regular readers (you know who you are!) know that African Botanics is one of my go-to brands, and I’ve had a number of review requests for this serum in particular. I’ve been using it for over a month, and I finally feel like I’ve used it long enough to write a review about it. I received this review sample from the brand around the same time I received Tata Harper’s Concentrated Brightening Serum from my friend Lacy. Initially, I wanted to do a side-by-side review of this with the Tata, but I decided against it because: 1) I don’t really like the idea of pitting brands against each other, and 2) although they are both brightening/anti-ageing serums, they are vastly different in terms of texture and consistency. Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum is a traditional serum in the sense that it is a clear gel-like liquid, but Tata’s so-called serum is more of a cream/lotion.

Without further ado, here are my impressions of African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum: View Full Post

Kat Burki Cream Review JustaskarjunI’ll start this review by saying I didn’t want to like this product. Kat Burki is impossible to find in Australia. Their website offers international shipping, but their rates are very high. I’d heard great things about the brand from other bloggers, but I wasn’t sure it was worth all the shipping $$$. So I just gave up and moved on to the next.

About a month ago, my beloved friend (and fellow green beauty addict) Mar sent me her own jar of Kat Burki’s cult-favourite Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream to try. She didn’t find it moisturising enough for her dry skin but she thought it might suit my combination skin better. I’ve been using it every day since I got it, and here are my thoughts: View Full Post

julisis-mask-review-justaskarjunThe best thing about being a green beauty blogger is connecting with all the passionate people that make up this community. One of the most inspiring people I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with is Julius Eulberg, the founder of German brand Julisis. A true alchemist, he has this unique ability to transform natural ingredients to create the most elegant, effective and luxe skincare I’ve ever come across. I’m in awe of Julius and his brand, and every product I’ve tried from the line so far has consistently surpassed all my expectations.

Rose Pearl Hydra Mask is one of the newest products from Julisis. Developed for chronically dry and dehydrated skin, it instantly quenches your skin’s thirst by flooding it with moisture. It restores plumpness, bounce and luminosity, while reducing redness, irritation and the appearance of fine lines. The mask contains high concentrations of rose extracts (French rose and hybrid Bulgarian/Persian rose), cold-water seaweed and Julisis White Pearl Essence to strengthen skin’s defences and improve its moisture-retention properties. View Full Post